If you occasionally wander by Krahnpix to see what’s happening on the old blog, you will typically find photos and words. There may be descriptions, stories or even the odd poem to make the real poets shudder. What you won’t find is numbers. That is not an accident.
Words naturally gather in my brain, find friends and make it a happy place. Numbers usually come crashing in and wreck something.
In a previous era, I judiciously studied in preparation for the final exam to pass the Canadian Securities Course. To my total shock, I actually memorized 30 mathematical formulas. So while it’s theoretically possible for numbers to temporarily (very temporarily) hang around my brain, there is no elegance, flow or joy in the process. Just a forgotten piece of paper to prove I passed.
Still if you treat numbers carefully, and add a few words, they can occasionally shed some light or confuse the issue in your favour. I’ve compiled some random numbers that popped in my head recently. Maybe it’s my way of purging …
- I’ve driven about 8,000 km so far this year looking for wild creatures and often encountering amazing landscapes.
- I have photographed 17 different kinds of mammals and, despite not being much of a birder, 29 different kinds of birds caught my eye in 2013. The smallest creature was a baby coot, the largest was a moose.
- This is the 151st post on this blog. I’m shocked I haven’t run out of photos, ideas or enthusiasm though I have bumped into all three at times.
- Apparently every 25 years we go to Yellowstone National Park – this was our year to do it again.
- Back in January I was determined to find more bears and I’ve seen more than 30 individuals in four different regions. That translated into hours of viewing pleasure.
- My blog stats tell me I have 1,095 followers which sounds exciting except that yesterday I had 5 visitors and 16 views. I suspect the folks that were trying to sell me something gave up and many others have quit blogging, checking blogs or left Krahnpix for greener pastures.
- It took only 2 weeks to get my camera fixed by Canon this summer after they said it could be 4-6 weeks. I love it when companies under promise and over deliver! Though I still haven’t quite forgotten waiting a year and half for a new Canon lens.
- Despite deleting thousands of photos, I still have 8,982 photos in my 2013 file. Any responsible photographer would have deleted thousands more but sentimentality and lack of disciple allow average photos to clog my hard drive arteries.
- I asked the folks at Canon how many activations I had compiled on my camera and they said the shutter had been tripped 31,000 times. I actually thot there would be more over the last couple of years.
- During one glorious day in Banff National Park, I saw 7 bears – a new personal best.
- Christmas is 85 days away and I have no idea what to get my wife.
Now that I’ve got those numbers out of my system, I will happily return to words and photos again.